António Guterres

28 March 2017, Zaatari, Jordan

Secretary-General's press remarks at Zaatari refugee camp

 

Secretary-General: [inaudible] …I have been to Zaatari about ten times. Remembering six years ago when I was seeing the first Syrian refugees coming over the border, how sad it is, how terrible it is, that today we still have Zaatari camp full with Syrian refugees, and that the tragedy of Syria is going on and on and on.

25 March 2017, New York

Message from the Secretary-General on the International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members

On this International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, we are still awaiting news of the fate of two members of the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a sanctions-monitoring body established by the Security Council.  Mr. Michael Sharp and Ms. Zaida Catalan, went missing in the Kasai Central region on 12 March along with four Congolese nationals.  We are doing everything possible to find and help them.
 

25 March 2017, Geneva

Note to Correspondents: Statement by the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria

 

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is deeply concerned by the recent escalation of fighting in Damascus, Hama and elsewhere in Syria.  

He notes that the growing violations in recent days are undermining the ceasefire regime addressed through the Astana meetings, with significant negative consequences for the safety of Syrian civilians, humanitarian access and the momentum of the political process.

The Secretary-General will travel to Amman, Jordan, on 27 March. While in Jordan, he is expected to meet with King Abdullah II and other senior officials. He will also visit the Zaatari refugee camp, which hosts close to 80,000 Syrian refugees. 

The Secretary-General will then attend the Summit of the League of Arab States (LAS) on 29 March at the Dead Sea, where he will meet with participating Heads of State and Government, as well as with the Secretary-General of the LAS, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Aboul-Gheit. 

The Secretary-General is expected back in the office on 3 April.

24 March 2017, New York

Secretary-General's remarks at General Assembly Commemorative Meeting for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Excellencies,
 
It is an honour to join you in commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

We must never forget this dark chapter of human history. And we must always remember the role played by many of our countries – including my own country of Portugal – in carrying out the largest forced migration in history and in robbing so many millions of people of their dignity and often also of their lives.

25 March 2017, New York

Secretary-General's video message for Earth Hour 2017

This Saturday evening, people everywhere will observe Earth Hour for the tenth time to show their determination to take climate action.
 
Climate change continues to imperil lives and livelihoods around the world. 
 
Last year was – again – the hottest on record.
 
The landmark Paris Agreement gives us an unprecedented opportunity to limit global temperature rise, promote clean energy for all and create a sustainable future.
 

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23 March 2017, Security Council

Remarks to the Security Council on South Sudan

I thank His Excellency Mr. Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, for his presence here today for this important meeting on South Sudan. 

23 March 2017, New York

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on South Sudan [as delivered]

I thank His Excellency Mr. Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, for his presence here today for this important meeting on South Sudan. 

23 March 2017, UN Headquarters

Remarks at the High-Level Meeting on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda

Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to speak at this important meeting, and I thank the President of the General Assembly for convening it.

I have two simple messages today.

First, climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat – to peace and prosperity and the same in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.